Ansah (shoulder) is expected to play Sunday against the 49ers, a source informed Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Ansah carries a questionable tag into the Week 2 matchup, but it appears the Lions were pleased enough with his health during his three limited practices this week to include him in the defensive game plan. The defensive end was limited to 21 total snaps in the embarrassing Week 1 loss to the Jets, finishing with three tackles and a sack.
Ansah (shoulder) avoided a major injury and hopes to play in Sunday's game against the 49ers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
One of the league's top pass rushers on a per-snap basis, Ansah has spent much of his career battling through injuries that have limited his workload or effectiveness (or both). He's nonetheless managed to play 74 of a possible 81 games, piling up 45 sacks and 10 forced fumbles. Ansah is easily the best player on a shaky defensive line, so the Lions won't have much shot at mounting a decent pass rush if he isn't ready to go by Sunday. An Ansah absence would improve the outlook for Jimmy Garoppolo and the rest of the San Francisco offense.
Ansah suffered a shoulder injury in Monday's game against the Jets and is questionable to return, Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reports.
According to Rogers, Ansah underwent surgeryon his shoulder a year ago, so there will be hope that tonight's issue is unrelated. The veteran made his presence felt prior to exiting the game, recording two tackles and one sack.
Ansah's recent stint on the PUP list was the result of a tweaked hamstring, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Ansah apparently recovered from offseason knee surgery in time for the start of training camp, only to suffer a minor hamstring injury during a conditioning test. After missing the first week and a half of camp, the 29-year-old pass rusher finally returned to practice Monday. While he isn't expected to play in Friday's exhibition against Oakland, Ansah should be available at some point this preseason. He has 44 sacks in 73 career games, with only seven absences through five seasons despite frequently appearing on the injury report.
The knee issue resulted in Ansah logging limited activity during the Lions' offseason program and in the early stages of training camp, but his activation from this list implies that he's ready for more extensive work in practices. Because of his late start to full-contact work, Ansah could be held out of Friday's preseason opener against the Raiders, but his availability for the start of the regular season is no longer in any peril.
|4||9/30/18||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/21/18||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
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